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The Magic Potion

Do You Believe in Magic?

Well I do.

My name is Danielle and I am officially a Rodan + Fields addict.

Now before you say, “Oh no, not you too…!” and call me a sell-out and resolve to ban me from your screen forever, just … hear me out, ok? Because I once said the same thing, repeatedly, and then fate stepped in and changed my mind for me.

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HER with her cute hair and great skin

It all started at Mommy and Me (those pesky moms and their cute toddlers!) – I noticed this Mom who had the cutest pixie-like haircut and the most amazing skin.

A little background… When you get to be of a certain age *ahem* you really start noticing when other women have fantastic skin. You wonder to yourself, “Is that genetic? Does she Botox? What does she use?!” and you literally start driving yourself mad trying to figure out why your skin isn’t as lovely. Too much sun? Too much time around smoke? Eating like crap? Not enough water?Β  Stress.

And then you go try all the things to try to fix it. You start at the drugstore or Target with the Neutrogena and the Olay… nope, doesn’t cut it. Then you try to fancy ones like the Dermalogica… eh, not that much better right? Needles scare the heck out of me and I can’t handle any amount of pain, so Botox is off my table, for sure.

And then in walks this lovely gal with this face and hair and I’m like, come on. Well….AS IT TURNS OUT, she used to be a nurse and now she is home with her adorbs daughter and she uses and sells Rodan + Fields. She swears by the stuff and asks if I’m interested in trying it.

Now, she is NOT the first person I’ve encountered selling the stuff; my FB and IG feeds are loaded with all of these ads and pictures of faces and sparkles (why do they all use sparkles?). She IS however, the first real person I’ve met that had amazing skin and showed me her before picture — and obviously her after was right in front of me.

Check this out — this is my friend Amanda — as in a real friend, we have playdates and coffee and stuff:

14453918_702279319922593_857065769_oSo, I was sold. I decided to try it. Why not? I’ve tried so many others and it’s obviously doing REALLY WELL since it is in all of the magazines and beating out all of the other skincare lines, right? It was created by the same dermatologists that developed Proactiv — which many of my close friends have used and loved and swear by… so yeah, I was ready to give it a shot.

Here’s me at 2 months in and 5 months in on the REDEFINE regimen, with no makeup:

REDEFINE Comparison Danielle StickelThat’s kind of a big deal because I’ve never shown anyone my face without makeup – ever – as in, not since junior high, when my Mom said I was finally allowed to wear makeup and my social status sky-rocketed(not really). Check out the reduction in pore size, the reduction in my forehead crevasses, the improvement in my skin tone, and my eyes!

Before I started using R+F, I NEVER went outside without makeup – EVER. But Now? I do it all the time during my daily #momlife, and I feel CONFIDENT! And holy cow does it save me time in the morning!

So now I am hooked – and I love and believe it SO much that I signed up to sell the stuff because I want YOU to try it and love it as much as I do. And love yourself. Because that’s what this is all about, friends. You take care of YOU!

There are so many great products for every type of skin — here are the main regimens, just click on the images to see the details. I am here for you if you have ANY questions, and you can always review even more products and details on my website.

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To see the full line of amazing products, go to my website here!

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What Regimen Should I use?

Need help figuring out which products are best for you? Try the R+F Solution Tool — this easy to navigate tool on my website will help you determine which products will address your needs!

 

 

SAVE MONEY! Enroll as aΒ  Preferred Customer (I did!) See for yourself what the benefits are… the extra discount and saving on shipping alone are worth it, and you can even get the savings on your FIRST ORDER!

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curiousAre you CURIOUS about this amazing business and the opportunity it has in store for you? Take a looksee here, and have a chat with me about it. You have the time, I promise…. says the gal with two kids, a blind dog, a crafty blog and design business. :o)

 

 

So that’s my spiel. I’m 100% in, I love it and I want you to love the skin you’re in, too! Join me on this new adventure — I promise I won’t turn my blog into a running ad for Rodan + Fields, but as I try and test out new products, I will definitely share my results with you!

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Best Buys for Baby

Oh Baby! Best Buys for a New Arrival

Our littlest, Vaughn, just turned 10 months old.

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A whole 10 months have gone by since he showed up and turned our whole just-figured-it-out-after-the-first-child world upside down. I’m not going to lie, it has been challenging going from one child to two – I mean we really had NO idea how hard it would be!

BUT, Vaughn has been such a blessing and in some ways, handling him has been so much easier because I actually knew what I was doing this time. With Logan, we had no idea — we couldn’t believe they let us take him home! But we figured it out, and now, after two little dudes, we have mastered the art of baby care-taking. :o)

BoysAndTrainsI thought it would be helpful for any new or soon-to-be Moms out there to see what I have used and loved during the baby stages of both my babes.

These are my favorite products and I swear by them! So whether you’re looking to add to your stash or create a registryΒ or buy some gifts for someone you know that is about to enter the wonderful world of parenthood… these are winners. ALL of these can be purchased at my favorite store and best friend, Target.

 

Stroller & Car SeatLogan_Britax

One of the biggest purchases, the stroller is essential for parents on the go. The most important features to me were that it should be lightweight, easy to fold, rugged so I can go on trails, and it should recline and have a nice sun shade.

Britax_VaughnI found it all in the Britax B-Agile! Super light weight, and I could fold and lift it into the car with ONE HAND – meaning I could have a baby on my hip and still get it done. Winner Winner! It has survived amazingly well through both kids so far and we still use it regularly. The greatest part was that it easily allowed for the Britax B-Safe car seat/carrier to snap in when the boys were under 6 months. Vaughn is still in this car seat today.

Britax B-Agile & B-Safe Travel SystemBritax

 

 

 

 

Baby Monitor Vaughn_Monitor

We had a different monitor with Logan that has since been discontinued, but now that we have Vaughn, I can’t imagine having anything other than the Motorola. We have TWO cameras, one in each boys’ room, so I can spy watch over both of my angels (it can toggle back and forth automatically for you, or you can do it manually). The sound and video quality are amazing, and you can even connect it to wifi to check in remotely. Also it acts as an intercom so I can totally yell encourage the toddler to stop playing and go to sleep….. IMG_9209 I’ve also used it to watch my husband read to Logan in his room because it is just the sweetest thing ever :o)

Motorola Video Baby Monitor

 

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Vaughn_Ergo360Baby Carrier

I had the regular Ergo with Logan but man oh man do I wish the 360 had come out back then. SO MUCH BETTER! Neither boy enjoyed facing inward, but since the 360 has the facing out option, I use it with Vaughn everyday – and I have peace of mind knowing he is sitting on his behind rather than crushing his boy parts and messing up his hips. It’s easy to put on and very adjustable for all shapes and sizes!

 

 

Ergo 360Ergo360

 

 

 

Baby SlingVaughn_Sling

Even if you get a carrier I HIGHLY recommend having a sling as well! They are especially useful in the very early months, and if you’re just hopping out of the car for a minute or running a quick errand, or need your arms free around the house or whatever, the sling is the quickest way to grab baby and go. For me, it was a lifesaver when I started taking Logan back and forth to school. I had to get out of the car (and bring Vaughn with me) twice a day for just a couple of minutes. The car seat carrier is HEAVY once the baby is over BalboaBabySling10 pounds so the sling worked perfectly. You can totally use your Ergo, but it takes a few minutes to get baby situated and strapped in, so the sling saves time!

Balboa Baby Sling

 

Baby Care

BoonGrassI have two of these now – one for baby bottles and nipples and all that, and the other for Logan’s plastic straw cups. They look cool and allow everything to dry quickly — I will totally use them for my wine glasses once we have moved beyond the bottles and suppy cups!

Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack

 

 

wetbags

You’ll need these for all stages. Trust me. Wet or poopy clothes (because blow-outs WILL happen), or perfect for bathing suits too!

Wet Bags

 

 

 

BloomingBabyBathThis is just genius and oh so cute. We were SO hesitant to give the boys baths when they were first born. It was terrifying — these little tiny guys all cold and vulnerable — you’re afraid you will break them! But you don’t. This bath really helps — bathing them in the sink is the easiest!

Blooming Baby Bath

 

babyganicsI cannot say enough about this line of products. I absolutely love everything and believe me, we have almost all of it. The Hand/Face/Baby wipes are GREAT for all ages for cleaning up (they are so messy!), the bodywash and shampoo are awesome, and I love love love the sunblock. It’s organic AND affordable — often those two are hard to come by in one shot! πŸ˜‰

Babyganics!

 

Best Baby Buys

Oh so lovely, cozy, and absorbent. Can’t ask for anything more in your bibs, burp bloths and blankets. Logan still uses his swaddling blankets in his crib and he’s THREE. The burp cloths have a snap so you can also use them as a bib. PERFECT!adenanaisburpie

Aden + Anais

 

 

 

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Boys_Crib

Do NOT overlook Target when shopping for the Nursery! We actually found BOTH boys’ cribs at Target and saved SO much money. The quality of both are perfect and both are convertible into Toddler beds, which will save us money down the road.

They have adorable bedding sets and crib sheets too!

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So there you have it. I’m sure as the boys grow older I will compile more lists of must-haves and favorites, but for now, these are the things I love and can’t live without.

What are your favorites? I’ve got a 3 year old and a 10 month old — always looking for new great products!




*I am a Target Affiliate – Items purchased via these links will result in this Mama earning a wee bit of commission, and thus help me to keep on keepin’ on as a SAHM. πŸ™‚

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